I will wait to see if this is just another show, or whether they are really serious about border security, but my inclination is to belive this is nothing more than paving the way to the November elections:
President Bush tried to ease the worries of his Mexican counterpart yesterday as he prepared for a nationally televised address tonight unveiling a plan to send thousands of National Guard troops to help seal the nation’s southern border against illegal immigrants.
Mexican President Vicente Fox called to express concern over the prospect of militarization of the border, and Bush reassured him that it would be only a temporary measure to bolster overwhelmed Border Patrol agents, the White House said.
“The president made clear that the United States considers Mexico a friend and that what is being considered is not militarization of the border but support of Border Patrol capabilities on a temporary basis by National Guard personnel,” said White House spokeswoman Maria Tamburri.
My experience with this administration is that they talk a good talk, and walk just far enough to appease the voters, and then after the votes are counted, they go right back to doing whatever the hell they want. At any rate, my opinion of Vicente Fox’s reaction is pretty much to give him the finger. What we do on our side of the border really shouldn’t be (and isn’t) his call to make, particularly when you consider that Mexican Army units are running all over the place on the other side of the border.